Tame the Kraken
Athlete: Tim Crockett
Challenge: 3,000+ mile solo row across the Atlantic Ocean
Mission: Raise awareness for PTSD and mental health
Launch Date: December 12, 2018
Estimated Finish Date: February 1, 2019
Team “Tame the Kraken” is comprised of one person – Tim Crockett - a Special Forces veteran. He has spent his life and career in and out of war-zones. After his service in the Royal Marines Special Boat Service, he became a consultant providing safety & security to journalists all over the world.
In 2016, Tim reconnected with a fellow veteran in the way many do with old friends these days – over social media. Six weeks later, he learned that his friend who had struggled with PTSD for many years had taken his own life. It was no secret to him throughout his service both in the military and as a civilian war impacted people in many different ways. He knew many people coming out of these war-zones suffered from anxiety, depression, alienation, and thoughts of suicide brought on by PTSD. But the jarring loss of Tim's friend left a nagging feeling with him that he wasn’t doing enough to help on a larger scale.
Enter the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean is considered one of the most grueling physical challenges on earth. It is a race of more than 3,000 nautical miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua. For perspective, fewer people have successfully made this journey solo than have summited Mt. Everest without the use of supplemental oxygen.
So why this challenge? Despite the adventure and hardship the challenge presents, the primary purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness and education around the issue of mental health. By raising money, we will provide support for charities that have a shared mission and common goals - to address mental health and the effects of Traumatic Brain Injuries with the ultimate aim to prevent veteran suicide. As a dual citizen, Tim will be supporting veterans on both sides of the Atlantic for veterans in both the UK and the U.S.
“Raising money for these charities is important, as they do so much for so many. But money isn’t all there is – for me, this row is also about awareness: the self-awareness to recognize it’s ok not to be ok and to ask for help if you need it. The greater awareness piece is the need to remove the stigma associated with mental health. It’s ok to say you need help and If you do, know that you are not alone and there are many resources available.” - Tim